When you're ready to buy a home, think carefully about what’s most important to you, both in terms of location and in terms of the house itself. House Hunting can be fun but also overwhelming. When you first jump in your car to spend the afternoon going to open houses, you are excited and filled with anticipation. By the time the open houses are closing for the day, you are tired, hungry and you can't remember anything except what a good burger looks like. You'll need a cheat sheet to refer back to. Here are some house hunting pointers. The location will be yours for as long as you live in the home, but paint colors and ugly carpets can be easily changed. Don’t focus too much on cosmetic concerns or the departing homeowner's ugly furniture. But location? That's another story.
What to consider about location:
- Distance to work
What to consider about the house itself:
- Sales price
- Size and space (Are there enough bedrooms? What about closets?)
- Condition of electrical, plumbing and heating systems
Take along our Shopping List. It will help keep you focused and after looking at a dozen homes, it will help keep them straight in your mind. Here's a helpful hint. Each home that is a possibility, take a quick picture of the front, being sure the house numbers are visible. That way you'll be able to match it up with the correct page of your shopping list. You won't remember one house from the other if you don't – trust me!